Presentation of Henry Knox Trail Paintings 6/30/2019

We invite you to join us from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019
for a historical presentation and reception at the Valatie Free Library.
At this time we will introduce the 17 scenes of the Henry Knox Trail
painted by Jarvis Baillargeon. The paintings, which hang on the walls
of the Library, depict the trail Revolutionary War hero,
Henry Knox, took from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the
winter of 1776 dragging 59 cannons to help drive the British out of
Boston. This event is special to us almost 250 years later because
Knox and the cannons crossed through what is now Valatie. This and
the exciting and dangerous events which occurred during this historic
journey will be explained by former New York Assemblyman,
John McEneny, as he details each of the paintings.
          Following the presentation there will be a reception to honor the Baillargeon family. This will be an opportunity to meet the family and to learn more about the painter.

VFL Photo Exhibit Results

The winners of the annual Valatie Free Library Photo Competition are listed below.  All the photos submitted were beautiful and reflective of the talent and interests of the photographers.  All were displayed at an exhibition on Sunday, April 7th at the Senior Center in Valatie.  We thank Mayor Argyle  and the Valatie Village Board for permission to use the Center, the Seniors for donating their building for the event, the girls in the Ichabod Crane Middle School Honor Society for their help in setting up and taking down the exhibit, the people who came to the exhibit.  A very special appreciation goes to the photographers for sharing their work with us.  The first and second place winners in ten categories were:

Boats / Water Scenes :  Carol Denton:  Boats Docked on the Hudson / Edward Balko:  Tugboat Spiral
Landscape:  Steve Wildermuth:  After the Storm / Eric Dubois:  Tranquility
Birds:  Anthony Malanowski:  Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Coming in to Feed / William Shaughnasey:  Emu Smile
Animals:  Lynne DuBois:  Lizard King / Marie Meehan: “Fake News”
Architecture:  Karen Stodolski:  Liquid Reflection of Past Beauty / Ralph Gartner:  Always Open
Miscellaneous: Karen Stodolski:  “Follow Me!” / Steve Wildermuth:  “Festaloon”
Flowers:  Leslie Strilec:  Paper White / Ralph Gartner:  Backyard Daisies
People:  Steve Wildermuth:  Youthful Dreamer / Paul Abitabile:  Polar Plunge Participant at Oakdale Lake, Hudson
Pets:  Sierra Dexheimer:  Dianne / Eric DuBois:  My Sydney
Nature:  Daniel Klugo:  Country Road / Daniel Klugo:   Mountain Stream

In the Young People Category for students under the age of 18, each student won a certificate for the best of his own entries.  The students and their winning photos were:  Corey Dexheimer (17):  a tie of  his photo “Mac” and his photo Shades of Orange / Ruby Briggs (7):  Winter Wonderland / Caitlin Matthies (16):  Impurity / Amaya Arnold-Poucher (17):  Blue Peace


Photo Exhibition – Sunday, April 7, 2019

The annual Valatie Free Library Photo Exhibition will take place on Sunday, April 7th at the Valatie Senior Center / Williams Street, Valatie.  Join us between 2 and 4 p.m. to view the 79 photos submitted by talented local photographers.  Winners of the competition will be announced at 3:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Coding Fun

As evident from the smiles of these three who attended our coding class with Habib on Tuesday, coding  is fun.  The next coding workshop is on Tuesday, February 26th.  Join us to work at your own pace to build your coding design and solve each puzzle.

Henry Knox Trail in Valatie

                    A Dangerous Moment

We invite you to stop in to view the new look in the recently renovated section of the Valatie Free Library.   Jarvis Baillargeon’s paintings of the Revolutionary War Henry Knox Trail are now hanging there.  Not only are they a beautiful addition to the Library and an enhancement to the room; they also recapture a historical event, transport of canons  from Ticonderoga to Boston.  One of the stops on that journey was a building behind the present VMA and very close to the present Valatie Free Library.  When you are here, take a booklet which describes the history depicted in each painting.  Relive our local heritage!  Thank you to the Baillargeon family for donating these paintings to the Valatie Free Library.  We are very grateful to be able to share them with Community.

Paint and Sip Is Back – 1/18/19

Paint and Sip with Amy DeWeerd is back.  Join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. for another great class with Amy.  Make a painting that you will be proud to display.  Enjoy a treat and coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  What a great way to spend a cold, windy  January night!  Please call 518-758-9321 to register so that we have enough supplies.

Lego Challenge Change

Now you can build with Lego bricks every Tuesday of the month.  Visit the Library on any Tuesday between 12 and 5 p.m. to construct your very own architectural masterpiece!  Choose from a variety of different Lego pieces and Duplos.  All ages are welcome.  No registration is necessary.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Our deepest appreciation goes to all who helped us provide a happy Christmas to an Ichabod Crane family.  Thank you for the gifts, the food and the money to buy clothes and toys.

Our appreciation also goes to the many people who made our Christmas cookie decorating party on Saturday such a fun and successful occasion.   Thank you to the kids and parents who attended, to Santa Claus who listened to all the Christmas requests, to Amy who made 125 delicious sugar cookies in at least 5 different seasonal shapes and to Tots the Clown who provided the wonderful balloons.  Thank you to library staff:  Lauren, who organized both events and Lucille, who was always there when a task needed to be completed.

A very special shout-out goes to Ichabod Crane senior Nicole, who wrapped all the presents, helped prepare the frosting bags, handed out cookies, helped kids with decorating and worked on cleanup.

Cookie Decorating, Tots the Clown and Santa Claus

Join us for our annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 1 – 3 p.m.  Decorate cookies, meet Santa Claus, take home a balloon made by Tots the Clown.  It’s delicious and fun and open to all ages!!

A Christmas Project

The Valatie Free Library has joined the Ichabod Crane Primary School and the Northern Lions Club and other organizations in helping  needy families have a happy Christmas.  Our responsibility will be to provide books, articles of clothing and toys to two children and food for their family.  If you would like to help us, you could bring in a nonperishable food item, a gift for one of the children or donate to the cost of the gifts / food.  Please stop in the Library to see the list of the items that the children would like or need.

We will be collecting food for the family, gifts for the children and monetary donations until December 10th.  All gifts and donations received will be given to the Ichabod Crane Primary School for  distribution to the family.

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